Pierce College

Plein Air #6 / 2.22.17 / 8×10 acrylic
Pierce College Grounds, Woodland Hills, CA
“Two Barns”

On Wednesday, 2/22, we were at the local community college, Pierce. It’s less than 2 miles away, and I have taken many classes there. I also take at least one of my walks through campus every week, and I feel like I own the place. To the west of the main campus is the equestrian center and several green, beautiful hills.

I couldn’t remember the last time I painted a cloud. At the beginning it was much whiter and, because I ignored it too long, the purple cloud that it became doesn’t seem to fit. I put it in and then rubbed out; now it just floats there. While I was consternating about the cloud, I totally forgot to catch the cows on the hill or the goats that came grazing by in the field up front.

I used a big brush for most of it. Not so thrilled with my trees, but I like how the hill got laid in–all to say, every picture has its silver lining. If I do nothing else, I’d like to go in and restate the fence posts hiding in that green diagonal.

Plein Air #6: I have got to do something about skies and clouds!

P.S. In his second episode, a plein air artist that Carol turned me on to, Heiner Hertling, says something along the lines of: “Working outside always brings an unexpected moment.” I like this idea a lot, and I’ll watch for and report them. Today I’d say it was the “unexpected” goats and the cloud going from white-and-gray to purple-and-yellow after an hour and a half. And two bunnies played around the log in front of us the whole time we were there.

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